The steel resources on earth are finite. Therfore steel recycling is very important for consumers and for the commercial and manufacturing industry.
As the world’s population increases, fossil fuel emissions lead to unnecessarily high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Recycling becomes increasingly valued for its positive effects on the environment. Earth has a finite amount of metal. Not recycling scrap metal is harmful for manufacturers and construction companies because steel is an integral part of their operations.
Steel recycling conserves energy
When metal materials are recycled, less energy is used to refine, purify, and shape them. Recycled stainless steel doesn’t have to be mined from the ground, rid of dirt and other debris, and transported from mines to refineries. One analysis indicates that more than 50 percent of energy used for original steel manufacturing is not needed when utilizing recycled steel.
Recycling steel is sustainable
Because Earth has a limited, finite amount of metals, mining companies can’t dig up the elements required to make steel forever. Recycled metals are a huge component at steel mills. Also, buildings constructed of steel or stainless steel frames last much longer than their non-steel counterparts. The cycle never ends because when it does become time to replace a steel structure, the cycle starts over and the steel is recycled into new steel products.
Recycling also keeps other materials around in nature
One metric ton weighs about 2,200 pounds — or, as the rest of the world measures it, 1,000 kilograms. To create 1,000 kilos of stainless steel from scratch necessitates the use of 1,100; 630; and 55 kilograms of iron ore, coal, and limestone, respectively. Just like everything Mother Nature has to offer, these resources don’t last forever — their scarcity will undoubtedly increase as the world’s population continues to trend upwards.
Better image and new business through steel recycling
Because many people are concerned about the environment, organizations that report they recycle all scrap steel will undoubtedly gain a better image than those who do not recycle. New business may develop because of a manufacturer’s dedication to recycling steel and use of green materials like recycled raw materials to create new products. Some jobs even require a percentage of recycled materials to be used.
Increasing Revenues by recycling
Many people and companies have contracts for scrap metal and submit it to recyclers or distributors of recycled materials in the name of profit. Such recycling obviously benefits our Earth and the many businesses who rely on steel inputs. However, there’s nothing wrong with earning financial gain as a steel manufacturing facility or steel-reliant construction business all while contributing to a “greener” environment
Helps an entity’s home economy
Many companies in the United States rely on recycling scrap metals, plastics, and other materials to maintain their livelihoods. Without recycling, those entities and their employees would be out of jobs, unable to put food on tables for themselves and families. To illustrate this fact, recycling companies as a whole raked in an astounding $50,000,000,000 — that’s fifty billion dollars — from scraps, employing more than 150,000 employees.
Our experienced team at Stainless Structurals is committed to helping the environment and stainless steel our products are all recyclable. Our products are also more sustainable and will last much longer than other metals. Contact us today if your next project has environmental concerns or requires recyclable material.